This article is reprinted with permission of gallery owner Roger Light. I thought it defined, in a nutshell, what collecting art is all about - Carol
One of Most Important Reasons to Collect Art
“A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires. “–Hedy Lamarr
One of the most important aspects of collecting is that it allows people to connect with art and to create a home that gives them the clarity and peace of mind that comes from living in the present moment with full awareness.
When you buy real art that has meaning to you, meaning on many dimensions, and you have this art on the walls of your home, it nurtures and restores your spirit.
With all of the madness going on in the world today, it is more important than ever for people to have a haven to come home to, a sanctuary to restore themselves and their family. When you display real art on your walls, art that you have a connection with, you create an environment that rejuvenates and restores.
How does all this come about?
Actually, it is pretty straightforward. You see, everyone is happy to come home and rest after a stressful day at work. Why is that? Because it’s your home, it’s your place that you have some control over. You decide where to set the thermostat, what music to play, what lights to leave on. You picked the furniture, the wall color, etc. So you feel a sense of control and connection with the space.
And, here is where it gets interesting. The more choices you made, the more involved you were in creating that home’s interior, the more it feels like your home. And the more it feels like your home, the more connected and in control you are going to feel when you are home. And therefore, the more at peace and rejuvenated you will feel.
Buying real art makes your home more YOUR home. Not some furniture store’s idea of what a home looks like, not your neighbor’s idea of home, not HGTV’s idea, just yours.
When you walk in your house and it has that level of meaning to you, then you are truly home and you can truly relax and be at peace and enjoy your creation. Yes, I said your creation.
You see, collecting real art allows you to create your own, most important, giant work of art: your home environment.
So take a look around your house and ask yourself “did I really pick all of these things on my wall because they were meaningful to me, or are many of them there because they were convenient to buy and stick up there in a blank spot.”
And specifically with regard to the art on the those walls, ask yourself “Do I know these artists? Do I know why they painted that the way they did?” An easy way to add more peace of mind and sense of meaning in your life is to start collecting art that you love and that has meaning to you.
In the next post, I will explain how the art we are offering here has five dimensions, and why that’s a good thing for you. Thanks for reading!